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‘Sky Europe’ would boost content and save on tech, infrastructure

A merged Sky Europe comprising BSkyB, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia would be able to make considerable savings on technology and back-office infrastructure, while cooperating to a greater degree on original programming, analysts noted in the wake of the news that the three could form a single, giant pay TV operator. Investment bank Credit Suisse […]

BSkyB in talks to create European pay TV giant with Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia

BSkyB has confirmed it is in preliminary talks about acquiring 21st Century Fox’s 57% stake in Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia to create a pan-European pay TV giant.  A deal involving all three companies could create a European pay TV powerhouse with 18.5 million subscribers that would have considerable power in negotiating content deals, including […]

21st Century Fox hit by Sky Italia, Sky Deutschland costs

High programming costs for Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland hit 21st Century Fox’s performance in the first quarter, with the media giant reporting operating income before deprectiation and amortisation down from US$91 million in 2013 to US$58 million.  The company was hit by costs to Sky Italia related to the Sochi Winter Olympics and Sky […]

HBO cuts Sky Italia deal

Sky Italia has agreed an exclusive programming deal with HBO as it prepares its own version of the UK’s Sky Atlantic channel. This will see shows such as True Detective and Boardwalk Empire broadcasting on the new Sky Italia’s channel, Sky Atlantic HD. The deal mirrors the agreement BSkyB has with HBO in the UK, […]

James and Lachlan Murdoch land key Fox roles

Rupert Murdoch has handed his sons Lachlan and James key new roles within his entertainment media group 21st Century Fox. Lachlan Murdoch (left) has resigned from his role as chairman at Network Ten to become non-executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox alongside his father, who is also CEO. He also takes the same role at […]

21st Century Fox delisting in Australia

21st Century Fox has secured approval from the Australian Security Exchange to delist from the Australian stock market. The media company is expected to officially delist from the Australian stock exchange on May 8. Following that, all of 21st Century Fox’s common stock will be traded solely on the NASDAQ. According to the company, there […]

Fox International hires Warner Bros veteran Robinson

The distribution arm of 21st Century Fox has recruited Matthew Robinson for a senior sales role. Robinson will be senior vice-president, international television at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. He joins from rival studio Warner Bros. where he worked for 16 years, most recently he was vice president of International Sales Planning. Prior to his […]

Sky Italia records US$25 million earnings boost

Sky Italia recorded a US$25 million (€18.4 million) uptick in EBITDA profit in the quarter ending December 31, thanks to lower marketing and operating costs. 21st Century Fox revealed the figures in its fiscal third quarter earnings, claiming that Sky Italia had a subscriber base of 4.8 million for the three and six months ended […]

21st Century Fox sells Star China TV stake

Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox has sold its entire 47% stake in Star China TV to the firm’s management team and China Media Capital. The Star China TV joint venture, which is majority owned by China Media Capital, operates three Mandarin channels – Xing Kong, Xing Kong International, Channel [V] Mainland China – and the […]

Sky Italia launches raft of new features

Sky Italia is launching a number of new features to enhance its service in the run-up to the holiday season. The 21st Century Fox-owned pay TV operator is launching a restart service, allowing viewers with a My Sky HD box connected to the internet to restart a programme that has already started. The service will […]